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10 Things I Learned: Summertime in CHI

September 8, 2011

10 Things I Learned: Summertime in CHI

Labor Day is said to mark the unofficial end of summer. It also marks when the early flock of migrating golf pros get ready to make the move back south. While getting ready to head back south, here are some reflections from the 3 ½ summer months I spent living and working near Chicago.

1. No matter how hot and humid it is when leaving Florida to go up north for the “summer” season, never ever forget that the tundra is still thawing out up north. Consider bringing more than 2 sweaters.

2. A flashlight ‘maybe somewhere’ in your car is useful. A flashlight that ‘definitely is’ in your room is more useful when the power goes out for 4 days. (Note for iPhone users: found the Flashlight app. It looks like it rocks. But works only if you have the iPhone4.)

3. The golf ball starts to wiggle on average 6 inches before it stops. However, the hole in essence gets smaller the quicker the ball is moving. Therefore the optimal distance a ball travels past the hole if it does not go in would be 6-12 inches.

4. There is a piece of the moon in downtown Chicago. Really. Along with a piece of the Great Wall of China.

5. Almost everything (wind direction, travel directions, where Juggling Clubs meet, etc.) is referenced by the Lake. My second season up here I finally realized the Lake is east of me. It helped. Tremendously.

6. The longest golf ball hitter in the world’s back leg straightens during his backswing. Not entirely, but it straightens. Same with a lot of good ball strikers, regardless of what you may have heard about maintaining back knee flex on the backswing.

7. The direction that grain grows is not influenced alone by water, a lunar eclipse or a mountain somewhere in the vicinity.

8. Wrigley Field is awesome. I wish Ferris Bueller was there when I was too. But it’s still awesome.

9. Advice from a senior on the high school team I helped coach to freshmen: “Don’t try too hard to look good on the first day of school. Or straighten your hair every day. People will look at you and point and say ‘…freshman…’” (I’ll miss the team and getting these pieces of advice)

10. Wherever the location, the people make a place. Thank you to all of my friends, co-workers, members, and families away from home up here.

What’s something interesting you learned this summer? Feel free to comment and share this using the social media icons below. Thank you for stopping by to read this today. It’s great to have you here.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Mama permalink
    September 8, 2011 10:46 am

    Remember the Girl Scout motto, “be prepared.” I bet you never thought it would ring true even in adulthood!
    I learned to enjoy the lounge chair on the deck–before the snow flies again.

    • September 8, 2011 12:36 pm

      Thanks for being there all those days in Girl Scouts, Mom! You were the one always prepared =). Glad you found some time to relax this summer. Love you.

  2. September 8, 2011 11:42 am

    Nice one Sara.

    I learned that good people exist all over the world.

    The human spirit is still there.

    See ya soon.


    • September 8, 2011 12:34 pm

      JG, that is one of the best responses I’ve ever heard. Nice outlook. And a wonderful thing!

  3. September 8, 2011 12:32 pm

    Great post! This summer I learned to play Bridge (somewhat), and that there is always more I can do to help others.

    • September 8, 2011 12:47 pm

      =) Thanks jd! Excellent things. Appreciate you reading and taking the time to share your comment with us.

  4. September 10, 2011 1:19 am

    Nice work up there Sara. Chicago’s a great town with great people & great scenery. But so is Naples! I Enjoyed reading this. Oh, & great golf also. (Almost forgot that).

  5. September 10, 2011 10:05 am

    I can attest to the iPhone “Torch” flashlight–lights up the whole room 🙂 Came in handy during “Irene.”

    If I were (still) a northerner I’d wait a few weeks before I headed south 🙂 It’s still hot and the mosquitoes are kamikaze monsters down here right now with all the rain we’ve had :p I can’t golf in those conditions 🙂

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